For the tenth time in his career, Novak Djokovic has secured a place in the finals of the masters tournament in Rome: 7-5, 6-3, at the expense of the Norwegian Casper Ruud. The two sets lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes.
Djokovic made up a 5-3 deficit in the first set. On 5-4 for Ruud the number 1 of the world eliminated two set points. With a sloppy twelfth game Ruud Djokovic gave the set as a present. In the second set one break was decisive.
In 2015 Djokovic won the master tournament of Rome for the last time. In 2016, 2017 and 2019 he lost the final match. Last year the title went to Rafael Nadal, who lost to Schwartzman on Saturday night.
On Monday Djokovic will compete in the finals against the Argentine Schwartzman, who for the first time in his career has qualified for the final of a master tournament in Rome.
The 28-year-old Argentine was too strong for Canadian Denis Shapovalov in a 3-hour, 15-minute half-finish match in three sets: 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (4).
Shapovalov seemed to be on his way to the finals, but on 5-4 he failed to finish on his own service. Both players submitted their service game three times in the exciting third set. In the tiebreak a number of mistakes cost Shapovalov dearly. Schwartzman won 113 points, Shapovalov won 112.
Recently Schwartzman, the number 15 in the world, lost in the first round of the US Open.
Tennis player Simona Halep reached the finals for the third time at the Rome Gravel Tournament. The number 2 of the world reached the semi-finals in three sets with the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza: 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The game, in which the breaks flew back and forth, lasted more than 2 hours.
Muguruza hit not only 35 winners, but also 37 unnecessary errors. The Spanish rider delivered no less than nine times her service. Halep did so seven times.
Halep skipped the US Open. She stayed in Europe to prepare for Roland Garros. Halep won the gravel tournament in Prague last month and also triumphed in Dubai earlier this year.
The Romanian was also in the finals in Rome in 2017 and 2018, but she always stepped down as a loser. On Monday, Halep will try for the third time to win in the Italian capital. In the final she will meet Czech title holder Karolina Pliskova, who dominated her compatriot Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4.
Pliskova, who opted out of the WTA tournament in Strasbourg this weekend, was too strong for the British Johanna Konta in the finals last year in Rome.